Letters from our Readers: California water bond would be bad for budget 

San Francisco Tomorrow is somewhat disturbed to see sister environmental organizations — Audubon California and Nature Conservancy of California — supporting a disastrous California water bond. This bond has been characterized as political pork. It will make our budget problems worse. There will be less state money for education, health care and public safety.

Taxpayer money would support giveaways to private interests. It is not surprising that those who will benefit most are agriculture businesses, which use 80 percent of our water. This bond opens the door to private corporations controlling public water supplies and selling water for a profit. The bond asks for $3 billion for new dams, which would cause further harm to fish populations.

Hidden in the bond is the effort to bring back the Peripheral Canal, which would divert more water from the Delta. California is already burdened with more than $7 billion in voter-approved water bonds that have yet to be spent or accounted for.

Denise D’Anne, San Francisco Tomorrow

New investment strategy

Instead of making risky or unsavory investments, why doesn’t CalPERS invest in its own depositors? Most government employees borrow money to buy cars, homes and other goods. Their retirement fund could basically loan them their own money and charge a fair interest rate. It would be a safe investment for the fund and easy loan for the employee to secure. Sounds like a win-win.

Tim Donnelly, San Francisco

Raising water level

Ken Garcia’s Tuesday column was mistaken to say that “little has been done except talk” about fixing the declining water level of Lake Merced. I have spent 10 years and over 1,000 hours as a member of the Lake Merced Task Force working on raising the level again.

In fact, Lake Merced has recovered from a low of approximately 14 feet. It is now at about 26 feet or more. It was not an easy job for a volunteer, but we prevailed. For years, City Hall even disbelieved that Lake Merced’s water level depended on the Westside Basin Aquifer not being overdrawn.

Dick Allen, San Francisco

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